Congratulations to the North Coast winners of the 2020 GP Synergy Awards.
North Coast Supervisor of the Year:
Dr Marc Heyning
Dr Marc Heyning is a GP supervisor at Brunswick Heads Medical Centre. As a GP supervisor he is dedicated, passionate and community orientated. He fully supports registrars on their own journey and is an excellent role model for rural generalists. Marc is focussed on providing feedback that is constructive and has high educational and academic content. He is always available to answer questions and discuss cases. As a pillar of health advocacy in the Brunswick Heads and Byron Bay area, Marc has dedicated many long hours to his patients in his role as a GP obstetrician, VMO at Byron Central Hospital, and as a GP for the Brunswick Heads, Mullumbimby and Ocean Shores community.
North Coast Registrar of the Year:
Dr Amitee Ryan
Dr Amitee Ryan is a GPT2 registrar at Focus Medical Centre, Port Macquarie. Amitee is considered a critical component of the practice team and a role model for other registrars. Clinically exceeding expectations, she has developed a loyal patient base. She is always willing to help in any role and way that is needed. Assisting with the planning and implementation of a drive-in flu shot clinic and completing a PDSA QI cycle, Amitee also participated in radio and TV interviews where she was an excellent advocate for immunisation and the role of GPs in the community.
North Coast Practice Manager of the Year:
Ms Louise Ahearn has been with Kemspey Medical Centre for 15 years, stepping up to the role of practice manager four years ago. Louise plays an active role in the success of the registrars who come through the practice, continuing to sing her praises when their training terms at the practice are over. She provides not only a comprehensive orientation to the practice but also to the area and has little gems of ‘surviving in a small town’ for those who have moved from the city. Louise is a wonderful guide in navigating general practice for new registrars and how to maximize training while also working in the local hospital, always ensuring registrars receive educational sessions and adequate time off.